Leader in the Telegraph.
Yesterday, two things happened that may just start to turn that tide. Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, announced that the Government was ignoring the advice of its own Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and will reclassify cannabis as a Class B drug – four years after it was downgraded to a Class C drug.
This does more than simply illustrate the gulf between Tony Blair\’s metropolitan liberalism and Gordon Brown\’s fastidious Presbyterianism. It is actually about policing.
The other important move was Boris Johnson\’s first significant announcement as Mayor of London – that the drinking of alcohol will be banned on all public transport in the capital from the beginning of next month.
In both cases we have millions of people being told what they may not do, both profoundly illiberal moves, on the spurious grounds of their possible effects on others. We already have rules agains being drunk and disorderly, we already have rules against bothering other passengers, we already have rules against any of the effects of either drugs or alcohol on other people.
But let\’s ban them just to be sure, eh?